milk and honey review.

It’s difficult to review this collection because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way. That being said, Rupi Kaur’s writing intrigues me. So many people are harsh and quick to dismiss her work, which I don’t entirely understand. Yes, the collection does read like trendy Tumblr posts. But it’s undeniable that it is art.

I have never understood people tearing others down for being vulnerable and sharing something personal. While this may not be “true poetry”, whatever that means, it is good writing. So instead of being critical for form I invite people to just give it a chance and see if the words have an impact. That is what determines something worthwhile to me at least.

I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity. There is something for everyone to identify with in this book.

The handful of poems I selected really stirred something in me. The third poem ties into the message I’m trying to convey about Kaur’s reputation. Never trading honesty for relatability is something I try to remind myself of when writing. It’s incredibly important to stay true to yourself, as cliche as that sounds.

I invite you to try and see the beauty in her poetry regardless of your impression of Kaur. It may not be your cup of tea, but it’d be silly to dismiss her talent.

how is it so easy for you
to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped
from my lips as i answered

cause people have not
been kind to me

pg. 11

your body
is a museum
of natural disasters
can you grasp how
stunning that is

pg. 173

your art
is not about how many people
like your work
your art
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
and you
must never
trade honesty
for relatability

— to all you young poets

pg. 202

did you think i was a city
big enough for a weekend getaway
i am the town surrounding it
the one you’ve never heard of
but always pass through
there are no neon lights here
no skyscrapers or statues
but there is thunder
for i make bridges tremble
i am not street meat i am homemade jam
thick enough to cut the sweetest
thing your lips will touch
i am not police sirens
i am the crackle of a fireplace
i’d burn you and you still
couldn’t take your eyes off me
cause i’d look so beautiful doing it
you’d blush
i am not a hotel room i am home
i am not the whiskey you want
i am the water you need
don’t come here with expectations
and try to make a vacation out of me

pg. 97

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